From teenage snowboarding feelings Red Gerard as well as Chloe Kim, to speed satanic force skiers extraordinaire Aksel Lund Svindal and also Mikaela Shiffrin, the gold-medal winning feats of the Winter Olympic professional athletes in South Korea are maintaining us on the edge of our seat.
But along with gold medals, these brave skiers and also snowboarders have an additional point in common – seriously eye-catching eyeglasses.
With their bright-orange reflective lenses and also distinct half yellow, half orange structures, the Oakley goggles decorating the Olympians’ encounters as they compete and also depend on the podium are almost as focus getting hold of as their accomplishments.
Not only were American 17-year-olds Chloe Kim as well as Red Gerard flying the orange as well as yellow flag as they blew the opposition from the water in ladies’s snowboard halfpipe and guys’s slopestyle respectively, so was United States colleague Jamie Anderson, 27, when she won the women’s snowboard slopestyle event.
Svindal won the very first downhill gold for Norway, in the process coming to be the oldest ever winner of the event at the grand age of 35. As well as, after missing out on an expected medal in the slalom, 22-year-old Shriffin won gold for gigantic slalom.
So what are these goggles? Part of a limited-edition collection by Oakley called Consistency Fade that additionally includes sunglasses, they were made especially for the American-based firm’s sponsored professional athletes to use at the Winters months Gamings.
Rousingly, Oakley says: “The collection features orange to stand for the fire that sheds inside each and every competitor, and yellow for the sun that lights the path of professional athletes take on enough to pursue their dreams.” The designs the Olympians are putting on have actually simply been launched for the winter sports and snowboarding public to acquire, and Oakley has successfully stimulated a purchasing craze – the Line Miner design used by Kim as well as Gerard is already sold out online.
American ski racer Mikaela Shriffin huge slalom gold Oakley Harmony Fade Flight Deck XM Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Months Olympics
Mikaela Shriffin flying the yellow/orange Oakley flag on her means to huge slalom gold
But there’s more to Harmony Fade than the trendy orange as well as yellow colour-scheme. As every skier and snowboarder knows, having the ability to see just what’s coming could make all the distinction to incline satisfaction– and also it likewise can be found in convenient for rivals managing terrrain park functions and race gates at rate. Lenses that could deal whether contours are bathed in darkness or brilliant sunshine, and are just as high-performing on sunny or snowy days, are the holy grail of ski safety glasses.
Oakley’s orange/yellow Prizm Lantern lens is the engine-room of Consistency Fade, and inspired the structure colours. It has contrast-enhancing modern technology that aids swellings as well as bumps in the snow stick out far more clearly than they might to the naked eye; it additionally implies much less need to transform lenses as weather condition adjustments. Contrast-enhancement is a growing fad in ski safety glasses, and also Oakley was just one of the first to accept it.
Oakley Line Miner snowboarding safety glasses used by Chloe Kim, Red Gerard Winter Months Olympics 2018
Line Miner – one of the most desired safety glasses in the Consistency Fade collection Credit scores: CRAIG SARUWATARI
Prizm is readily available in different versions throughout the Oakley variety. The Torch version best suits intense conditions; some Consistency Fade safety glasses come with an additional spare lens.
The collection contains 5 Oakley goggle designs, as well as five sunglasses. Flight Deck safety glasses – in 2 dimensions for ₤ 185 as well as worn by Shiffrin in the smaller XM size – and Cover, ₤ 170, worn by Svindal, have a distinctly spheric round lens. This type of lens adheres to the curve of the eye as well as tends to provide a much more realistic view of the slope than a level, so-called cylindrical lens.
The medal-winning snowboarders have generally selected the much more structured– and currently much more trendy — appearance of Line Miner safety glasses (₤ 145), which have a round lens and offer broad peripheral vision. Line Miner additionally is available in two sizes. Mark McMorris of Canada, who declared a bronze medal in snowboard slopestyle, throws the pattern with the additional large, spherical-lensed Airbrake XL (₤ 225).
Svindal and also McMorris are not just non-Americans know the Oakley act– Ayumu Hirano of Japan and also Scotty James of Australia, that offered US motorcyclist Shaun White a run for his money in snowboard halfpipe asserting the silver and also bronze specifically, are likewise using wearing Line Miners. Svindal’s fellow Norwegian, Henrik Kristoffersen, wearing Flight Decks, won huge slalom silver, and also Tina Weirather, snowboarding for Liechtenstein, won bronze in the super-giant slalom. She’s with the snowboarders, using Loss Line.
Extra medals could be on the cards for Cheap Oakley. Norwegian snowboarder Ståle Sandbech is putting on the framless Loss Line design (₤ 180), which like the Line Miner has a round lens. Sandbech directly missed out on the platform of the slopestyle event, ending up fourth, but is a medal hopeful for the men’s large air this coming weekend.
The Harmony Fade collection is currently available at Cheapoakleyhut.com as well as in Oakley shops– bag it while you can.